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Oklahoma redshirt sophomore QB Trevor Knight "is a good quarterback and getting better," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

"While he might not be ready just yet to lead his team to a come-from-behind win in obvious passing situations, I think he will be by the end of the season," McShay wrote. "His touch and ball placement on the shorter, quick-hitting throws in this offense are essential to its success, he has flashed good ability as a downfield passer, and his intangibles are excellent." McShay believes Oklahoma has the best odds amongst College Football Playoff contenders of remaining undefeated.
Sep 30 - 11:42 PM

Oklahoma sophomore DT Jordan Phillips is a "massive two-gap defensive tackle that has caught our eye," writes ESPN Insider's Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl.

Phillips suffered a season-ending back injury last year but has showed no ill-effects in 2014, outside of perhaps being allocated more rest by the coaching staff. The 6-foot-6, 324-pounder has the ability to collapse pockets and get into the backfield consistently. "He is not just a space-eater, either, as Phillips has above-average quickness and agility for his size, providing him adequate range against the run and the ability to generate pressure on the interior," ESPN's pair of analysts wrote. "Phillips caught our eye initially last fall before having season-ending back surgery after the fourth game. It appears he has fully recovered and is a playing at a high level right now. Phillips' size, power and athleticism combination is exactly what the NFL covets at that position."
Sep 30 - 10:39 PM

Oklahoma sophomore DT Jordan Phillips "possesses outstanding athleticism for a man who is 6-6 and 334 pounds," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

Phillips suffered a season-ending back injury last October, so his first order of business in 2014 was proving his health. He's done so, but has also once again blown away evaluators with his ample physical gifts. "Phillips possesses outstanding athleticism for a man who is 6-6 and 334 pounds, and not only can he occupy blockers, but he is able to shed blocks and pursue and make plays," McShay wrote. NFL.com reported earlier this month that Phillips was gaining steam in the scouting community.
Sep 30 - 7:30 PM

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield will not play in 2014 after his appeal for an immediate eligibility waiver was denied by the NCAA.

Due to conference rules, Mayfield must now sit out and also lose a year of eligibility. This makes little logical sense, as Mayfield was a walk-on at TTU and is currently a walk-on at OU, but it's bureaucratic reality for the young signal-caller. The former Red Raider will continue to form the nation's scariest aerial scout team offense along with receiver Dorial Green-Beckham. Mayfield was the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year last year after throwing for 2,315 yards, 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Sep 30 - 5:28 PM

One Big 12 assistant coach told Sports Illustrated redshirt transfer QB Baker Mayfield is "probably" the best QB on Oklahoma's roster.

"It’s really incredible," the assistant said of the path Mayfield has had to take since wanting to transfer from Texas Tech. "He’s pretty damn good." Mayfield started seven games for TTU and was finally allowed to receive scholarship help while attending Oklahoma, however, he is not eligible to play in games until next year. He will then have two seasons remaining of on-field action.
Sep 30 - 10:21 AM

Oklahoma offensive coordinator Josh Heupel called true freshman RB Samaje Perine "a physical freak."

"He’s nothing but shoulders and thighs," Heupel told SI's The Inside Read. "He’s got bowling balls on his shoulders. He’s massive. ... You’ve never seen anything like him as a true freshman. He’s mature way beyond his years." The 5-foot-11, 243-pound has 419 yards and five touchdowns on 66 carries (6.4 YPC) this year, and dropped 242 yards on West Virginia this past Saturday. "He’s different physically, but what people saw Saturday is that he’s got enough wiggle to make people miss and he’s strong enough to finish through a shoulder from somebody and push the pile forward," Heupel said. "He’s got unbelievable taste and vision. The offensive line loves blocking for him because he takes his time to the block and doesn’t rush it."
Source: SI.com
Sep 23 - 8:54 PM

Oklahoma true freshman RB Samaje Perine drew national praise after Saturday's performance against West Virginia, and was called a "a bigger version of Marshawn Lynch" by NFL.com's Bryan Fischer.

"The Sooners looked unfazed by the loss of their leading rusher [Keith Ford] by turning to true freshman Samaje Perine, who lived up to his nickname of ‘The Tank’ running through the West Virginia defense," Fischer wrote. "In many respects, the 5-foot-11, 243-pound back appeared to be a bigger version of Marshawn Lynch on the field as he ran over defenders and made life miserable for Mountaineers fans after a wild first half." Perine had 242 yards and four touchdowns in the 45-33 win, earning a helmet sticker from ESPN.com’s Brandon Chatmon. "[Perine] got better as the game went on," Chatmon wrote. "Keith Ford better hurry back." Perine has 419 yards and five touchdowns on 66 carries (6.4 YPC).
Sep 23 - 5:55 PM

The NCAA denied Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield's immediate eligibility waiver, however he is allowed to be on scholarship with the Sooners.

Per Chip Brown of Horns Digest, Mayfield will not be eligible to play until 2015 and will then have two more years of eligibility. The Texas Tech transfer will continue to practice with the Sooners this season, forming the best scout team unit along with receiver Dorial Green-Beckham. Trevor Knight is only a redshirt sophomore, so it would be an upset if Mayfield enters next season as the outright starter.
Sep 23 - 9:22 AM

Oklahoma true freshman RB Samaje Perine has the "it" factor and "appears to be a rookie capable of putting an offense on his back," according to NFL media analyst Bucky Brooks.

The 5-foot-11, 243-pounder slapped down an incredible 242 yards on 34 carries against West Virginia on Saturday. "Most importantly, Perine closed the game with a series of power runs that allowed the Sooners to run out the clock," Brook wrote. "For Oklahoma to make a legitimate run at the title, it must be able to outmuscle the heavyweights that occupy the top of the rankings. Perine gives the Sooners the hard-nosed runner to lean on in a backyard brawl." Perine -- a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, 247sports.com and ESPN.com, and a three-star recruit by Scout.com -- was not as highly rated as you might have assumed watching Saturday's outburst.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 22 - 7:09 PM

Oklahoma sophomore DT Jordan Phillips is "already generating buzz within the scouting community," after his return from a back injury, according to NFL.com.

Phillips suffered a season-ending back injury in early October, but he wreaked havoc in the four games before that. "He's a massive presence on the interior at 6-foot-6, 334 pounds and can eat up blocks to let linebackers run free. He creates pressure up the middle vs. the pass, too," Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks and Charles Davis wrote. "An NFC scout said he expects Phillips to be a driving force behind the success of the Oklahoma defense this season." The prospect from Towanda, Kan., has the ability to collapse pockets and get into the backfield consistently. You can expect the Sooners to ramp up his playing time now that they're set to embark on Big 12 play.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 17 - 8:39 PM

Oklahoma junior OLB Eric Striker is one of the top defenders in the nation, according to Smart Football's Chris Brown.

"I don't know his pro grade but he's incredibly disruptive," Brown tweeted, adding Oklahoma's change from a 4-3 to a 3-4/3-3-5 prior to 2013 did not receive enough acclaim. Oklahoma has stumbled down the stretch multiple times under Bob Stoops, but last year's defensive change could alter their fate this season.
Sep 17 - 9:41 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wonders how the Ray Rice situation will impact Oklahoma redshirt sophomore WR Dorial Green-Beckham if he decides to enter the 2015 draft.

The star receiver was dismissed from Missouri after pushing a woman down stairs (amongst other transgressions). He was never charged. In announcing a six-game ban for first-time domestic abuse offenders, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to each team which stated first-time offenders could be suspended longer if circumstances warranted it, including "a prior incident before joining the NFL." Wrote Brugler: "So if Green-Beckham is involved in a domestic abuse incident while on a NFL roster, he would be subject to a harsher penalty than just the expected six game suspension. It's very possible Green-Beckham stays out of trouble once in the NFL, but nonetheless, it's a factor for teams to consider when deciding whether or not to draft the super-talented pass catcher."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 16 - 10:03 PM

Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione indicated that the school wouldn't repeat the decision to admit redshirt sophomore WR Dorial Green-Beckham if it had do the decision over.

"If someone presented a case like that now, I think you would be fair to say that he probably wouldn’t be at Oklahoma," Castiglione said, clarifying that Oklahoma didn’t regret admitting the receiver. The quote has less to do with Green-Beckham himself, and more to do with public perception. SI's The Inside Read column spoke with several college officials who said it "will be more difficult for schools to rely on the fact that a player wasn’t charged or preach that a player has 'learned his lesson.'" DGB was dismissed from Missouri after unlawfully forcing his way into an apartment seeking his girlfriend, and then pushing a different woman down stairs. He was never charged.
Sep 15 - 5:27 PM

Oklahoma sophomore RB Keith Ford will miss at least 2-3 with a slight foot fracture.

Ford is a member of the Sooners' running back trio, which includes Samaje Perine and Alex Ross. However, many consider Ford the best of the group. In their next three games, Oklahoma faces West Virginia, TCU and Texas, with an off week between the first two games. Ford has rushed for 194 yards and five touchdowns on 34 carries.
Sep 15 - 11:23 AM

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has upheld the suspension of Sooners redshirt junior LB Frank Shannon.

Oklahoma suspended the linebacker for the season which stemmed from an internal Title IX investigation into an alleged sexual assault case. Shannon contested the suspension, but this should be the final word.
Sep 8 - 3:16 PM


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